Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Terror Danjah - Acid/ProPlus (Hyperdub)(Review)

During their 5 year span Hyperdub have seemed more focused on releasing the dirtiest, scum-of-the-earth-bass type records about (note: Burial - Distant Lights EP) but with their recent rostering of Grime veteran Terror Danjah, they give an almighty nod to something a little more Grimier.

Acid is a fitting description for something so poisonous; the rapid opening (followed of course by the legendary Gremlin sample) is brought swiftly to an end by short burts of criminal bass that are bridged momentarily, with high synths first and then later on by original funky-like drum patterns disguising an orchestra of Grime instrumentation. Basically - disgusting.

 In parts the rhythm borrows slightly, or even just casually flirts with the idea of The Prodigy's Charly:

 An added bonus arrives in the form of D.O.K, who lends a hand on ProPlus. The toyful like opening is followed by a steady, yet head-boppable beat line that carries on smooth throughout, with a sound that unfortunately sounds a little to similar to previous Terror releases, hopefully the guys over at Butterz can sort out a re-release for Butterz 001: Terror Danjah - Bipolar ironically featuring D.O.K once more on the remix of Terror's infectious Sidechain

 Sadly ProPlus is a little bit of a time-waste, much like a chemical product of the same name. Terror has probably made a lot more riddims better than that. However, not to completely rain on Hyperdub's (grime) parade, grab the digital release and cop Acid, you'll f'in love it !

Vinyl Mandem Red Eye Records / Chemical Records

MP3 Mandem Boomkat / iTunes / Juno Download

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